I am over the moon swelling with pride for one of our new graduates. I know a sh*@ ton of struggle goes into the start of this career. I know you have to really want it, have a lot of drive and determination, and exercise abilities most people will never understand. I can only imagine how amazing it must feel for him as he sets out for his first load in his truck, HIS truck. The start of his journey was not easy, but through good communication and a level head, everyone came out for the better.
Having the will power to pass on offers of getting into his own truck in half the time with other companies, he chose to learn the ropes from experienced qualified drivers in a program that is much longer than most. Sacrificing many comforts, things the rest of the world deem necessities, he has just jump started his career well beyond where most drivers would be at this point in their careers.
The more miles he drives, the further from society as most know it, he will feel. Not many will be able to understand the gravity of what he does out there. He will have to exercise patience as friends ask him where he will be going, or if he can swing in for a visit, or if he has to call to say he is tight on time and will not be able to meet up for a lunch after all.
He is entering the full gypsy life, the ups and downs, the freedom and the feeling of handcuffs. At the end of the day, it will be a great sense of pride for the responsibility he will handle and the respectable income he will earn.
I am excited to see where he goes with his new career, he has all the tools and all the drive to take it as far as he wants!
Thank you Dustin for being a driver, and for driving with us.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.